Last month the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 came into law in Australia. This law prompted a number of online gaming sites to exit the Australian market. Leo Vegas is following the steps taken by the likes of 888 Casino and 32Red.
They have announced that as of 10 September 2017, they will no longer be offering their services to Aussie players. Additionally, Leo Vegas has communicated with their partners and recommended that they also restrain from providing services in Australia.
What this means for Leo Vegas and Others
The bill is illegalising the act of playing online casino game poker. As a result, any off-shore site that offers the game will have to refrain from allowing Australian players from playing on their sites.
This drastic change has left Aussie gamblers in a daze. This is because their favourite casino games will no longer be available to them. In days to come more off-shore casino operators will have to leave the gambling market because there are penalties. Since gamblers will not have access to safe and regulated platforms to play their online casino games, they might opt for untrustworthy sites.
Other Online Gambling Providers who have left Australia
Vera&John were the first to leave when the discussions about the bill were introduced late last year. Other service providers such as 888 Casino, 32Red mentioned above, PokerStars and Partypoker followed suit. Genesis Global Limited has also advised their associates to leave the online gambling market in Australia. Additionally, they have tagged the country as “restricted territory.”
The government in Australia had given providers 30 days, up to the end of August for them to finish their business in the country before the bill takes full effect. As a result, this month of September is when we will see more and more brands leaving the gambling market in Australia.